IP Indian Journal of Library Science and Information Technology

The impact of digital technologies on academic libraries: challenges and opportunities

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Author Details: P. Anuradha

Volume : 2

Issue : 2

Online ISSN : 2456-9623

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Article First Page : 46

Article End Page : 50


Libraries have long been endless sources of information for students - for centuries this involved row after row of books. However, the face of libraries is changing as content is moving toward a digital platform and Internet access is becoming more of a human necessity than a privilege. This article presents an evaluation of the impact of digital technologies in the transformation of academic library services. It begins with a brief overview of the historical development of academic libraries followed by a discussion of current challenges and opportunities for academic libraries. It also discusses innovative technological developments for learning, data management and the impact of these on the academic library sector, including the need for library staff to develop new skills and roles such as “embedded” librarian roles. The article concludes with reflections on future developments and the impact of digital technological utilities. It's clear that the library has been a valuable institution for academic purposes as long as pen has been put to paper. However, the library and its role in academic research are no doubt going through a clear transformation in the 21st century. 

Academic Libraries, Digital technology, Digital Libraries, Librarians